Legends of Hollywood: James Dean

painting of James Dean

Artist: Michael J. Deas
Art director: Carl T. Herrman
First day of issue: June 24, 1996

Oil on board

Even when a portrait is the key element in a stamp design, the background is often charged with symbolic meaning. Here the stormy skies behind James Dean convey inner turbulence; the open plains below suggest the settings of his films and key places in his life.

Art of the Stamp